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June 6, 2008
Ted Kennedy summed up the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy best in delivering his brother's eulogy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, calling him a "good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. " Indeed, Bobby Kennedy's 1968 run for the presidency centered on racial and economic justice, and an end to the Vietnam War. Forty years after the second Kennedy assassination,...
NEWS
February 6, 1992 | By JAMES W. HILTY
Oliver Stone's JFK is a tantalizing motion picture. The movie feeds on America's insecurities by shamelessly milking the sentiment of the Kennedy mystique, indiscriminately blending fact and discredited conspiracy theories and generously employing one of Hollywood's recipes for box-office success: The single, dedicated heroic investigator tilting against establishment windmills. The key to the movie's lack of historical credibility rests on one crucial question asked in the movie and again recently by Sen. Arlen Specter (Commentary Page, Jan. 5)
NEWS
June 9, 1993 | BY JACK MCKINNEY
In none of the many reflections written on the 25th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's death was there any mention of the letter that prompted his fateful decision to enter the 1968 presidential race. As recounted in Jack Newfield's sorrowing book, "Robert Kennedy, A Memoir," the letter was from RFK's journalist friend, Pete Hamill, who at the time was on sabbatical in Ireland, where he was writing his first novel. On Jan. 30, 1968, RFK had announced he would not challenge incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson "under any foreseeable circumstances.
NEWS
June 1, 2008 | By Nancy Leff
Forty years ago I touched his hand. Two months later, I touched his coffin. And last month I finally touched the stone at his Arlington grave. June 5 will be the 40th anniversary of his assassination. Bobby Kennedy was my hero while I was a student at Temple University. I met him for the first time at the Philadelphia airport as he came down the airplane steps (yes, the old days), and somehow I managed to walk with him and Ethel Kennedy as he talked to me and held my hand all the way up the two-story escalator.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
The history play RFK , which opened Saturday, is special in several ways. Unlike most one-person plays, its two acts feel genuine, not like the usual forced conversation with unearned extremes. Also, it puts us easily into another era - with time-machine force. And it's exceptionally well performed, by Russ Widdall, co-artistic director of New City Stage Company, the play's producer. Widdall does not look like Robert F. Kennedy, the man he inhabits for two hours on the Adrienne Theatre's Second Stage, but he sounds and moves like him - or at least like the general memory of him, which is almost as good as the real thing.
SPORTS
October 21, 1990 | By Mark Bowden, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was an eerie half-hour or so at the end of the Eagles' practice on Wednesday when the offense, preparing for the game today with the Washington Redskins, ran through its two-minute drill in silence. Instead of barking commands from behind the center, Randall Cunningham signaled silently to center Dave Alexander with his hands, and the line moved together at the snap of the ball. "RFK (Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington) is one of the louder stadiums," coach Buddy Ryan said.
NEWS
June 6, 2008 | By Bill Green
I was with Robert F. Kennedy in California just before his assassination. Forty years after his death on June 6, 1968, it is still difficult to think about what might have been. As each anniversary passes, the pain returns. RFK's haunting, handsome face touches us from the cover of this month's Vanity Fair. Each year, the nation mourns anew. The grim news of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's recent diagnosis and operation is tempered with the solace that his sunset will not come at midday.
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May 18, 2012 | By Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press
BEDFORD, N.Y. - Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, who had fought drug and alcohol problems, was found dead in her home Wednesday. Attorney Kerry Lawrence, who had represented her in a drunken-driving case, said he didn't know the cause of her death at age 52. An autopsy was set for Thursday. Police confirmed a body was found on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s property in Bedford, north of New York. The former Mary Richardson married Robert Kennedy Jr., a prominent environmental lawyer and the son of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, in 1994.
NEWS
June 6, 1993 | By JAMES W. HILTY
Twenty-five years after the slaying of Robert F. Kennedy, his legacy resonates within the American political culture. RFK's compassion for America's disadvantaged, his devotion to activism and national service and his moral commitment to solving society's problems moved a generation of youth and continues to influence many of today's policymakers. Such a legacy was difficult to predict, given the circumstances of his privileged and insulated upbringing in one of America's wealthiest and accomplished families.
NEWS
November 14, 2008
AS I READ your recent article about the New Black Panthers, I asked myself if they were turning a blind eye to the real problems in this city. I'm an African-American woman, and, as I see it, their issues are with the wrong people. It's not the white supremacists or the white man who's the cause of what's happening in this city where blacks are concerned, and they need to open their eyes as to where the true blame is to be placed. They need to point their anger at blacks who are robbing, raping and killing their own people.
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July 25, 2016
Larry Tye is the author of "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon" I know the Democratic nominee has a lot on her mind as she prepares to accept her party's coronation. But as she hones her theme for the Clinton-for-President general election campaign, I suggest she look for inspiration from the White House bid of half a century ago by a Democrat she says she adores. In the mid-1960s, America was undergoing social and political upheaval that seems eerily familiar today.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2016 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
The New City Stage Company's Roseburg , running through July 31 at the Adrienne Theater Second Stage, is a play about gun control, set in the 1960s, when great figures are being assassinated and Stokely Carmichael, ironically a former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, is encouraging the disenfranchised and marginalized to take up arms. It is a fever dream of political theater, and its timeliness is eerily unsettling. Ginger Dayle writes and directs, with Russ Widdall acting as Bobby Kennedy (as he did in New City's RFK )
NEWS
June 8, 2016
By Chris Coons Last week, I led a group of my colleagues on a trip to South Africa. Along with Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.), a hero of America's civil rights movement, and Kerry Kennedy, president of RFK Human Rights and daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, we traveled to South Africa to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the senator's historic "Ripples of Hope" speech at the University of Cape Town. On June 6, 1966, speaking to a nation struggling through the cruel injustices of apartheid, Kennedy began his speech by describing "a land in which the native inhabitants were at first subdued, but relations with whom remain a problem to this day; a land which defined itself on a hostile frontier; . . . a land which was once the importer of slaves, and now must struggle to wipe out the last traces of that former bondage.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
James J. Florio was a 31-year-old lawyer who had just passed the bar exam when he went to see Sen. Robert F. Kennedy speak in Camden as part of his campaign for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination. RFK spoke to a largely African American crowd of more than 10,000 people in the city's packed Convention Hall, since destroyed by fire. "He was serene, almost religious, in the way he talked about equity and social justice," the former Democratic governor said Wednesday, recalling the speech.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Before New City Stage Company's return engagement of RFK begins, Ren Manley's collection of vintage black-and-white commercials and film clips, projected onto an onstage wall, sets the scene. There's an obituary reel for Marilyn Monroe - that favorite of Bobby's big brother Jack - as well as an ad touting the luxury of oil heat, and Don Knotts schooling the young Ron Howard about tough-guy behavior. When the lights dim, we hear the unmistakable muffled pop of a television's button turning off. There's no shortage of nostalgia-tripping in this production, with even more evocative assists by Procol Harum, Jefferson Airplane, and other bands from the era. The multimedia effects work both on boomers, who remember exactly where they were when they heard the terrible news, and on younger audiences living through their own era of dashed hopes and undeclared wars.
NEWS
January 13, 2013 | By Jamie Stengle, Associated Press
DALLAS - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced a lone gunman wasn't solely responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his uncle, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship. " Kennedy and his sister Rory spoke about their family Friday night during an interview with Charlie Rose at in Dallas. The event was part of observances marking the 50th anniversary of the president's death. Kennedy was killed Nov. 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade through Dallas.
SPORTS
October 12, 2012 | The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - On Wednesday night, Jayson Werth watched as his old Phillies teammate and friend Raul Ibanez hit a ninth-inning, game-tying home run, then a walkoff home run, to lead the Yankees over the Orioles. "Baseball this time of year is the best time in sports," Werth said. "I watched all the games. I probably texted him 20 times. " Thursday night, it was Ibanez' turn to congratulate Werth, whose leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Nationals a 2-1 win over St. Louis and forced a decisive Game 5 Friday night in their National League Division Series.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
The history play RFK , which opened Saturday, is special in several ways. Unlike most one-person plays, its two acts feel genuine, not like the usual forced conversation with unearned extremes. Also, it puts us easily into another era - with time-machine force. And it's exceptionally well performed, by Russ Widdall, co-artistic director of New City Stage Company, the play's producer. Widdall does not look like Robert F. Kennedy, the man he inhabits for two hours on the Adrienne Theatre's Second Stage, but he sounds and moves like him - or at least like the general memory of him, which is almost as good as the real thing.
NEWS
May 18, 2012 | By Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press
BEDFORD, N.Y. - Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, who had fought drug and alcohol problems, was found dead in her home Wednesday. Attorney Kerry Lawrence, who had represented her in a drunken-driving case, said he didn't know the cause of her death at age 52. An autopsy was set for Thursday. Police confirmed a body was found on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s property in Bedford, north of New York. The former Mary Richardson married Robert Kennedy Jr., a prominent environmental lawyer and the son of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, in 1994.
NEWS
November 14, 2008
AS I READ your recent article about the New Black Panthers, I asked myself if they were turning a blind eye to the real problems in this city. I'm an African-American woman, and, as I see it, their issues are with the wrong people. It's not the white supremacists or the white man who's the cause of what's happening in this city where blacks are concerned, and they need to open their eyes as to where the true blame is to be placed. They need to point their anger at blacks who are robbing, raping and killing their own people.
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